At Its Gilded Temple, Kinkakuji Serves a Gold Leaf Ice Cream Topping

By: Laura McQuarrie - Aug 17, 2016
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Kinkakuji is a Zen Buddhist World Heritage-listed temple in Kyoto, Japan that is known as the Golden Pavilion, as its top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf—in keeping with this dazzling feature, Kinkakuji serves a unique ice cream topping.

The 'Kinkaku Soft Ice Cream' itself is made from stone-ground powdered green tea, milk and vanilla bean flavor and filled with a rice cake ball at the center of a scoop. The entire treat is dressed with a generously sized pure gold leaf flake and wrapped in a delicate washi paper that was specifically crafted for this purpose.

As visitors to Kinkakuji might expect, the luxurious treat is slightly more costly than the usual ice cream treat and sells for ¥‎ 950 or roughly $9.40.